By Robert N. Proctor

What do not we all know, and why do not we all know it? What retains lack of knowledge alive, or permits it for use as a political software? Agnotology—the learn of ignorance—provides a brand new theoretical standpoint to develop conventional questions about ''how we know'' to invite: Why do not we all know what we do not be aware of? The essays assembled in Agnotology convey that lack of information is frequently greater than simply a lack of data; it could possibly even be the end result of cultural and political struggles. lack of knowledge has a background and a political geography, yet there also are issues humans don't desire you to grasp (''Doubt is our product'' is the tobacco slogan). person chapters deal with examples from the nation-states of world weather switch, army secrecy, girl orgasm, environmental denialism, local American paleontology, theoretical archaeology, racial lack of knowledge, and extra. The aim of this quantity is to higher know the way and why quite a few types of understanding don't turn out to be, or have disappeared, or became invisible.

Show description

Read or Download Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance PDF

Similar epistemology books

Searle and Foucault on Truth

The analytic impact of Michel Foucault is of an intensive relativist whose perspectives on fact entail linguistic idealism. C. G. Prado's e-book lays this misperception to leisure, displaying analytic philosophers that Foucault's principles approximately fact are defensible and advantage severe realization, whereas additionally demonstrating to Continental philosophers that Searle's rules approximately fact cannot be missed.

Knowledge and Error: Sketches on the Psychology of Enquiry

Erkenntnis und Irrtum. Skizzen zur Psychologie der Forschung. Von E. MACH Emer. Professor an der Unlversltlt Wlen. LEIPZIG Verlag von Johann Ambrosius Barth 1905. advent XIII On a few events Mach expressed the sentiment, specially in his correspondence, that the United States used to be the land of highbrow freedom and chance, the arriving frontier for a brand new radical empiricism that will support to scrub metaphysics out of philosophy.

The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge

Trans. by way of Troels Eggers Hansen

In a letter of 1932, Karl Popper defined Die beiden Grundprobleme der Erkenntnistheorie – the 2 primary difficulties of the idea of information – as ‘…a baby of crises, chiefly of …the drawback of physics. ’ eventually on hand in English, it's a significant contribution to the philosophy of technological know-how, epistemology and 20th century philosophy as a rule. the 2 basic difficulties of data that lie on the centre of the booklet are the matter of induction, that even supposing we can become aware of just a constrained variety of specific occasions, technological know-how however advances unrestricted common statements; and the matter of demarcation, which asks for a isolating line among empirical technological know-how and non-science. Popper seeks to unravel those easy issues of his celebrated concept of falsifiability, arguing that the inferences made in technology aren't inductive yet deductive; technology doesn't commence with observations and continue to generalise them yet with difficulties, which it assaults with daring conjectures. the 2 basic difficulties of the idea of data is key examining for an individual attracted to Karl Popper, within the historical past and philosophy of technology, and within the equipment and theories of technological know-how itself.

Additional resources for Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance

Sample text

Ignorance in G r e e k really has t w o forms: agnoia, meaning " w a n t of perception or k n o w l e d g e , " and agnosia, meaning a state of ignorance or not k n o w i n g , both from gnosis (with a long o or omega) meaning " k n o w l e d g e , " w i t h the privative (negating) aprefix. ) Alterna­ tive designations for the study of ignorance could have been agnosiology, or agnarology (using the Latin c o m p o u n d i n g rule), or even agnoskology, designating more properly a study of the unwillingness or inability to learn, from gignosko (with both o's as omegas), the first-person singular present indicative active form of the verb meaning " t o k n o w .

129-133. C h a r l e s D a r w i n , D e s c e n t o f M a n ( 1 8 7 1 ) (Princeton, N J : Princeton Universiry Press, 1981), 3. 59. George Gaylord W o r l d , 1 9 6 4 ) , viii. Simpson, This View of Life ( N e w York: Harcourt, Brace and PART I Secrecy, Selection, and Suppression CHAPTER 2 Removing Knowledge The Logic of Modern PETER YOU MIGHT THINK Censorship GALISON that the guarded annals of classified information largely consist of that rare d o c u m e n t — a small, tightly guarded a n n e x to the vast sum of h u m a n writing and learning.

We often hear that y o u can't turn the clock b a c k , an idea as absurd as the notion that thieves c a n n o t be brought to justice. It is not only for foolishness that technologies have been avoided, refused, or a b a n d o n e d . In Ireland, the eel fishermen of L o u g h N e a g h no longer fish with powerdriven nets; a decision w a s made in the 1960s to restrict all fishing in the lake to h a n d - d r a w n nets, to sustain the diminishing stocks. Leaf blowers are being banned in many communities, and many of us look f o r w a r d to the day w h e n doctored m o n o c r o p lawns will be seen as pathology.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.51 of 5 – based on 37 votes